A four-meter python was found and rescued as it was laying on top of its 40 eggs in the city of Ballito, South Africa, on March 11.

Local snake expert Nick Evans said he saw the Southern African python nestled deep inside a tunnel next to a garage, East Coast Radio reported. When he lifted her body up, he could see the 40 eggs laid by the snake.

The snake had been guarding the eggs and incubating them. According to Evans, the snake would leave the tunnel and lie in the sun to warm up. Afterwards, she would wrap herself around the eggs.

He said that if he had left the snakes alone, the hatchlings would not last long as they would have hatched near a construction site with no natural prey nearby.